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Creature from the Black Lagoon

Posted in Booze News and Events, Drink It Like a Man, Girl Drink Drunk, What I'm Mixing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 9, 2013 by cocktailvultures

CreatureCreature From the Black Lagoon

No movie monster deserves a summery green drink more than The Creature; when you’re ready to entertain friends at the seaside or relaxing near your favorite lagoon, our cocktail is a perfect accompaniment.

The Brazilian locale of the movie makes Cachaça the obvious choice, and we were careful to include a “black lagoon” feature.

To an iced shaker, add:

2 ounces Cachaça (we enjoy http://www.LeblonCachaca.com)
2 ounces Midori (www.midori-world.com)
1 ounce Cruzan Coconut Rum (www.cruzanrum.com)
1 ounce lime juice
1 ounce pineapple juice

1 ounce dark spiced Rum (we prefer http://www.krakenrum.com)

Shake VIOLENTLY! for a good 30 seconds (we demand a well-shaken cocktail). Strain into a large rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Set the reamed lime half in the ice as a bowl and fill that with the Kraken or other dark rum. Add a straw and enjoy.

The vegetal nature of the Cachaça offsets the Midori and makes a clean and refreshing drink with a hint of Tiki influence. Just don’t go swimming alone!

Always drink responsibly; always drink well.

Mai Tai 44

Posted in Booze News and Events, Classic Cocktails, What I'm Mixing with tags , , , , , , , on April 11, 2013 by cocktailvultures

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Mai Tai 44

The Mai Tai is a classic cocktail. It is truly a masterpiece of mixology and the shining jewel in the crown of Trader Vic, its inventor. The story goes that he was experimenting with the drink and handed off a sample to a couple of friends who responded in Tahitian, “Maita’i roa ae!” Out of this world, the best! And made properly, it IS one of the best rum drinks you’ll ever taste.

The Vultures, of course, are never happy with leaving well enough alone. So here’s our very-slightly-tweaked version, including a hint of passionfruit.

In a shaker:

1 ounce freshly-squeezed lime juice
1/2 ounce orange curaçao
1/4 ounce orgeat syrup
1/2 ounce passionfruit syrup
1 ounce aged Jamaican rum
1 ounce Martinique rum

Shake vigorously. Pour unstrained into a double rocks glass.

There is a traditional garnish that involves using half a squeezed lime — which we refer to as a “shell” — and placing it atop the drink. That’s your “island.” Then add a healthy sprig of mint to represent a palm tree. At this point a straw is enough — but to make it even more festive and special, spear a pineapple chunk with a cherry and add it to remind you of a tropical sunset. An umbrella would be nice, too.

Don’t let this frippery fool you — this is a concoction for two-fisted rum drinkers and you should go carefully with it. Aloha!

The “CALL OF CTHULHU” Cocktail

Posted in Booze News and Events, Classic Cocktails, Drink It Like a Man, Meet the Vulture Squadron, What I'm Mixing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 19, 2012 by cocktailvultures

Call of Cthulhu: A Cocktail

By Peggy Nadramia and Joe Netherworld

Since the beginning of our association in the Cocktail Lab, we have discussed our mutual desire to create a libation evoking the essence of the slumbering horror that is Cthulhu, the cosmic Old One first brought to the consciousness of man by New England author, Howard Phillips Lovecraft. But it couldn’t happen until the stars were right, and we had received the Elder Sign. The time has come.

The Cocktail Vultures have been pleasing your palate for awhile now, but all is not fun and games here at the Lab. Last night we were possessed with an irresistible frenzy to mix, to mix well, and to taste a drink both powerful and beguiling. We have found it.

The short story “Call of Cthulhu” first appeared in 1928, in an issue of Weird Tales, the pulp magazine familiar to every reader of horror fiction. This was a time when Westerners were just beginning to be exposed to the exoticism and sensuality of life in the tropical seas, and also to the barbarity of the pagan cultures found there. We based the drink on the tropical grogs of those climes, with plenty of fresh citrus and three kinds of decadent rum. Its structure is also a nod to Don the Beachcomber’s original Zombie, a name that conjures visions of helpless humans trapped in a spell of forgetfulness and servitude. The maraschino liqueur adds a whiff of dusty forbidden tomes. To facilitate disturbing dreams, we included Strega, the ultimate Witch liqueur from a site in Italy originally known as Malevento – the place of evil events. The blue Curacao is essential; do not even consider replacing it or the gods may be disturbed and awakened prematurely; when you look at the finished result of our mixology, you’ll understand why you must adhere to the recipe. Finally, we had to add the Madness From the Sea, and so a sprinkling of brine is called for in the presentation of the drink.

Be careful; we recommend one cocktail per guest. One doesn’t summon Cthulhu lightly, and one treats him with respect, or pays the price. Heed this warning, and always drink, and call to the Elder Gods, responsibly.

To a blender, add:

1 ounce Kraken rum (some scholars believe H. P. Lovecraft was inspired by Tennyson’s poem of the same name)

1 ounce gold rum (we used Appleton Special Jamaican Rum)

1 ounce Lemon Hart 151 Demerara Rum

¼ ounce falernum

½ ounce Maraschino liqueur

½ ounce blue Curacao

¾ ounce lime juice

¾ ounce grapefruit juice

¾ ounce orange juice (all our citrus is freshly-squeezed)

¾ ounce pineapple juice

2 dashes aromatic bitters (we used Bitter Truth)

1/8 teaspoon Strega liqueur

1 cup crushed ice

Blend for 5 seconds. Pour unstrained into a mug or chimney glass, to which you have added more crushed ice. Sprinkle the surface of the cocktail with approximately ½ teaspoon of brine (recipe to follow).

Brine: in a small mixing glass, combine 2 ounces of vodka with ¼ teaspoon of sea salt, stirring until salt is dissolved. May be transferred to a dasher bottle or eyedropper.

Garnish with a slice of star fruit and tentacles carved from lime shell.

Ignore that faint chanting you think you hear; we’re sure those are not the strains of pagan music beginning to grow louder. Sip, as your mind begins to be swayed by the great god Cthulhu, who is rumored to whisper in his sleep…

P.S. (from Joe Netherworld): I can hold my booze alongside the great drunks of our age, but I have to say this potion is a challenge to my imbibing abilities! It will lay you low and leave you babbling incoherently in the darkness

KRAKEN BLACK SPICED RUM

Posted in Booze News and Events, Drink It Like a Man, Tools of the Trade with tags , , , , , on November 29, 2011 by cocktailvultures

Every now and then we come across a product that catches our eye long enough that we give it a try…….. nothing ventured nothing gained as it were.  So when browsing our local super sized booze shop we happened across a bottle of Kraken rum….. it involved a giant squid and an Olde Timey bottle so I was half way there but the true test was yet to come. Could a decent rum be hiding beneath the inky depths of this intriguing black liquid or would it be just another slick marketing campaign pushing less than well quality hooch on an unsuspecting populace?  We can say with glad amazement that this stuff is great! Especially for the price! Is it a 15 year old Eldorado, no but its not in that category.  It is however the BEST spiced rum on the market in it’s and others prices ranges…… It is a great value and has a smooth spicy flavor that works in any drink calling for a spiced rum including my “Creature from the Black Lagoon” cocktail.  This is a domestic distillation and bottling and I can only hope they have something else up their salty sleeves soon enough.    I can’t bear to throw away the empty bottles and find any ridiculous use for them…. water jug at the gym, decorative vase, etc etc.  Try it in a Cuba Libre or in any Tiki drink calling for spiced rum.  It’s also great in Mulled Cider as it adds it’s distinctive warm spicy vanilla imbued flavor.   How could you not love a drink that let’s you yell “Release the Kraken” every time you pour a shot…… Now off I go to invent a drinking game involving “Clash of the Titans” and Kraken rum